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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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Two history talks in November

We have two history talks coming up very soon.

soldier brother friend

On Friday 9 November at 7pm in St Chad's Church, to commemorate the centenary of the ending of WW1, Dick Hunter will be talking about the impact of WW1 on South Bank in York. He'll be showing two of our short films: York Zeppelin Raids 1916 and Soldier, Brother, Friend: A Calendar of the War-Dead, South Bank, York, 1914-18. This is a free talk with refreshments. It accompanies an exhibition, South Bank Remembers, by Clements Hall Local History Group and St Chad's Church (from 7-14 November). The Church will also be holding a Remembrance Service on Sunday 11 November at 10am.


John Close 3On Friday 16 November, at Clements Hall, Elizabeth Smith from Dringhouses Local History Group will be talking about a local man: John Close, gentleman: from Gillamoor to Dringhouses. John Close was born into a grocer's family in Gillamoor, near Kirkbymoorside. He became involved with the railway king George Hudson and a partner in iron foundry and wine businesses in York. The father of eleven children, he was Lord Mayor of York three times and entertained royalty. He lived locally in two significant houses, the second being the present Marriott Hotel on Tadcaster Road, which has its original 1870s garden still largely intact. This talk takes place in Clements Hall, at 7.30 pm, and is open to all. Members of the History Group have reduced entry (£1) to talks. Non-members are also welcome, at a cost of £3 on the door.